Rochambeau Spring/Summer 17 Runway Show

ANOTHER SEASON DOWN. AFTER BEING CHOSEN AS FINALISTS FOR THE 2016 CFDA/VOGUE FASHION FUND, THIS SEASON’S PRESENTATION WAS THE OUR MOST AMBITIOUS YET.

 

SPRING 2017 COLLECTION DELVES INTO THE CONCEPT OF CREATIVES IN EXILE – HOW ONE’S ENVIRONMENT INFLUENCES THEIR PERSONAL SENSE OF STYLE. A SPECIFIC POINT OF REFERENCE FOR THE LIFE OF THE ARTIST AND THEIR SURROUNDINGS WAS SERGEI PARAJANOV'S 1969 SOVIET FILM THE COLOR OF POMEGRANATES.

 

IN THE FILM, THE LIFE OF THE POET IS DEPICTED VISUALLY AND POETICALLY RATHER THAN LITERALLY. THIS SURREALIST LANDSCAPE PROVIDES THE REFERENCE FOR A PARALLEL WORLD IN WHICH THE CAST OF OUR SPRING 2017 CFDA RUNWAY SHOW IS IMMERSED.

 

 

 

 

“WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT THIS SEASON IS THE IDEA OF CREATIVES IN EXILE.”

ROCHAMBEAU CO-FOUNDER, LAURENCE CHANDLER IN MILK

COLORS FROM THE COLLECTION JUMP OUT AGAINST THE TAUPE BACKDROP. MOVEMENTS ARE STILLED AND HEIGHTENED. PROPS ARE FROZEN IN TIME AS THE EYES OF THE DRAMATIS PERSONAE MOVE WITH LIFE. THIS THE WORLD OF THE CREATIVE, FROZEN – EXILED IN TIME.

THE COLLECTION WAS INSPIRED BY THE ROLLING STONES IN TANGIER IN THE 1960'S – WHEN THE GROUP AWAITED THE FINAL VERDICT ON SOME PENDING DRUG CHARGES. FEATURING AN AIR OF ESCAPISM WITH A SOFT, TROPICAL AESTHETIC, THE SPRING/SUMMER LINE INCLUDED A WEARABLE STREETWEAR ENSEMBLE IN PALE NEON COLORS. THE GARMENTS FLAWLESSLY COMPLEMENTED THE SHOW’S OASIS-ESQUE BACKDROP, COMPLETE WITH EXOTIC ELEMENTS SUCH AS POTTED PALM TREES AND A STUFFED PEACOCK.